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Things to Consider When Hiring an Electrician for New Construction

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Building a new house? Or a new office space? You want to make sure your electricity gets done and done right the first time. Finding someone to do this job can be a challenge. Here are a few things to consider when looking for an electrician for the specific needs of your new construction project.

Ceiling fan placement

During the middle of a Utah summer in the sweltering heat, it is a necessity to have a sufficient way of  keeping your living and working space sufficiently cooled. When in the process of building you want to make sure that the placement of the ceiling fans will be in a place that allows for best optimal performance for your ceiling fan.

Electrical outlets

You want to make sure you have enough electrical outlets to accommodate all the electronics you and your family possess. With everything from tablets, laptops, and smartphones you want to make sure you can easily charge all your devices in the comfort of your home. With this being said, any electrician understands that different rooms serve different functions and therefore have  different needs. For example, the electrical outlets in the kitchen are most often closer together to accommodate several kitchen appliances being close together. Whereas outlets for a living room or a bedroom area can be more spread out and still be convenient for those who use them.

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Home generator

A home generator may seem like unnecessary, but it times of power outages and other emergencies they are vital for keeping your food cold, your appliances working and your house warm during a winter storm among other things. It is true that your electricity may never go out, but it is always wise to error on the safe side.  When you invest in a home generator and the electricity goes out your backup generator will kick in allowing you and your family to go about your life with very little interruption. Plus if you ever want or need to sell your home for any reason, home generators add great value to your home.

Ogden #1 New Construction Electricians

As mentioned before, finding a qualified electrician for your new construction project can be hard. Here at Stanger Electric we have over 38 years of experience in the industry for residential, commercial and industrial electricity so no matter if you’re building a home, office building or a shop you can trust that we will get the job done on time and within your budget. We offer a range of services along with the three listed above our services include TV and cable outlets, security lights, snow melt cables and so much more. Call Stanger Electric for a new construction contractor today.

Lower Your Electrical Fire Risk This Winter

Electrical Fire

An electrical fire is a real threat to you and your family’s safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 369,000 home fires caused over 2,700 deaths and over 12,000 injuries in 2013.

While electrical problems cause only about 6.1 percent of residential fires, 12.9 percent are caused by heating elements and 49.4 percent are caused by cooking, both of which can be tied to inattention to electrical safety.

Follow these guidelines to lower the risk of an electrical fire in your home during the upcoming winter season.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

While an inspection is definitely recommended for older homes, all residences can benefit from professional verification that all connections are accurately secured and appropriately fitted depending on their purpose. Make sure your wiring is up to local building code and schedule a complete re-wiring if your electrical system is over 100 years old or your electrician recommends it.

Operate Heating Equipment Safely

Using space heaters increases the risk of fire in your home, especially if they are positioned close to flammable items like bedding or clothing. Make sure the space heater you use is placed on an even surface, free of all furniture surrounding the unit. Keep children and pets away from the heater to prevent them from getting burned or knocking it over.

Install Additional Outlets When Necessary

Do not load too much voltage into one outlet. Don’t connect too many high-voltage items to extension cords, or sparks can start a fire. If you require regular electrical service in one area with limited outlets, contact a skilled electrician too install additional connections.

Never alter a three-pronged appliance to fit into an outlet with only two inserts. Make sure ground fault circuit interrupters are installed in outlets in bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor patios — wherever the outlet’s connections may make contact with moisture.

Make Sure Smoke Alarms Are Properly Functioning

Check the function of your smoke alarms on a regular basis. Replace the batteries routinely and test each unit. If you have recently finished your lower level, ensure the placement of smoke alarms comply with local building code.

Note the Signs of Electrical Problems

Don’t ignore the warning signs of a problem in your home’s electrical system. If light switches shock you or spark when you turn them on, talk to your local electrician about the issue. Fuses that continually blow may signal the need for professional service as well. Putting off a repair could end in a disaster — don’t delay in addressing any risks of electrical fire.

Contact Stanger Electric to schedule residential electrical inspections or electric system updates, and to find out how to prevent electrical fires.

Should You Invest in a Home Generator for Winter?

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A home generator offers more than just a few benefits in the midst of a power loss. Instead of having to adjust your daily routines, you can still use hot water to shower, keep groceries refrigerated and heat or cool your home, depending on your needs.

While a summertime power loss may result in an uncomfortable, sweaty night’s sleep, a winter power loss can be life-threatening when temperatures plummet. Home generators are the answer if you are looking for a safeguard against cold weather power outages. Read on to find out how you can tell if you truly need a home generator and for some guidelines to help you choose the type that best fits your needs.

Where Is Your Home Located?

Regional climate is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. Do you live in an area with consistent heavy snowfall or frequent ice storms? If so, the primary reason you may lose power in the winter is because the weight of the snow and ice coatings are too much for the power lines to handle. With limited travel ability, it can take crews days or weeks to resolve power issues during such storms.

Does Your Family Have Specific Medical Needs?

Do you have an aging adult in your home? Does a family member have specific medical conditions requiring working equipment around the clock? Any piece of medical equipment, such as an oxygen supply system, must be backed up with generator power or else your loved one’s life could be at risk. Young children are also more susceptible to cold and illness, so a home generator can provide new parents significant peace of mind.

Should You Buy a Portable or Standby Generator?

The main differences between a portable and a standby generator are capacity and functionality. Portable generators must be placed outside the home and extension cords linked to all appliances the homeowner would like to power. Most portable systems only allot two to four outlet spaces, so the number of items receiving power at one time is limited.

Also, portable systems are powered either by gasoline or diesel fuel, which can run out quickly. During a large-scale power outage, gas station pumps will not work, so you would need hundreds of gallons of fuel on hand to keep your home systems running.

When you depend on an electrician to install a whole-home standby generator, you are much more likely to be satisfied with your purchase. The system’s capacity will be matched to your home’s power needs, and it will turn on automatically when the main power is lost. Standby systems are powered by your home’s natural gas or propane supply, so there is no need to refuel. It will cost more to install and wire a standby system up front, but it is almost guaranteed to work as long as it receives regular service ― plus it adds value to your home.

If you are ready to invest in a home generator to keep your family safe this winter, call Stanger Electric for affordable, professional installation.

Should You Install a Ceiling Fan?

Deciding whether to install a ceiling fan is a question homeowners must answer on their own, but ceiling fans offer many benefits, some of which are rarely thought of and often overlooked.

install-ceiling-fanTake these considerations under advisement when shopping for light fixtures and ceiling fans and preparing the area for install.

Energy Savings

A circulating ceiling fan increases environmental comfort in both summer and winter. In the hotter months, ceiling fans do not lower the actual temperature of the room, but providing a constant breeze keeps people from requiring the same output from their air conditioner. You can save between 3 and 8 percent on cooling costs for every degree you raise your air conditioning above 78 degrees.

It is no secret that hot air rises. In the winter, keeping the ceiling fan cycling on low pushes the warmer air back into the lower living spaces, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat a home. In today’s energy-conscious marketplace, Energy Star has certified energy-efficient ceiling fans that offer 30-year motor warranties and provide 50 percent more efficiency than traditional ceiling fans.

Style and Versatility

Ceiling fans do not require you to sacrifice in your decorating scheme. A myriad of styles and designs are available at many home improvement stores. In addition, ceiling fans don’t all have light fixtures that require low-watt bulbs. Some do, so if a bright room is a priority for you, be sure to select one with multiple, high-watt bulb inputs.

Installation Process

Since installing ceiling fans requires electrical wiring experience, it may be wise to consider employing a professional to complete the project safely and efficiently. However, if you take on the task on your own, the following considerations can help with a smooth install.

When replacing an existing light fixture with a fan, the electrical box must be replaced as well, since regular light fixture metal boxes will not be able to support a fan’s weight. Additionally, installing a brace may be necessary to provide the additional support needed for a heavy product.

Before beginning any electrical work, it is important to always turn electricity off at the main to avoid electric shock. Also, if new wires must be run to service the fan, a professional electrician will contact the local building office to find out if a permit is required.

The farther the blades are from the ceiling, the more effective the fan will be, since additional space allows the fan to draw and circulate more air. However, fan blades are normally required to be at least seven feet from the floor for safety reasons. Measure and verify ceiling height and fixture requirements before purchasing a product. Also, if purchasing a ceiling fan for a screened porch or other area partially exposed to the elements, buy a product rated for install in a wet environment.

Contact Stanger Electric when you need professional assistance to install a ceiling fan for the first time or to replace an outdated product.

Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Electrical Panel Upgrade

Knowing when your home needs an electrical panel upgrade is important for your family’s safety and the preservation of your electrical appliances. Use the following signs to tell when your home’s electrical system is outdated and when to call a professional electrician.

What Is the Purpose of the Electrical Panel?

The electrical panel is a metal box mounted on the wall usually in the basement, laundry room or a utility closet. In some cases it is located on your home’s exterior. Electricity provided by the local utility company flows through this panel, which directs voltage throughout the home.

Rust and Corrosion Buildup

The first sign of the need for an electrical panel upgrade is a buildup of rust inside the box. The breakers and other components can corrode when water leaks into the panel. This threat will damage the equipment and it may overheat, leading to an electrical fire. It is important to not only replace the panel in this case, but to also address the source of the leak and repair it immediately, moving the new electrical panel to a safer location if necessary.

Outdated Fuse Block Panel or Split Buss Panel

Older homes may use fuse block or split buss panels, neither of which provides an adequate level of protection for your home. In a fuse block panel, when too much current passes through the fuse, the fuse completely blows out, opening the circuit. If the incorrect fuse is put in, too much current can overload and overheat the wire, causing it to melt or start a fire. In modern panels, fuses have been replaced with circuit breakers. Instead of blowing when coming into contact with an overcurrent, the circuit breaker trips and can be reset instead of requiring complete replacement.

A split buss panel does not include one main switch which shuts off all electrical power to the home. While these types of panels were legal according to code at the time of installation, they are not installed today due to their tendency for the smaller breakers to overheat and potentially start a fire.

Insufficient Amp Service

Many older homes have electrical panels offering an insufficient level of power to supply the range of modern appliances common today. If you notice appliances running at less than full power, if you have an insufficient number of outlets in your home, the lights flicker constantly or you must turn off one appliance in order to run another, you may need an electrical panel upgrade to address these issues. In addition, consider upgrading amp service if you are constructing a home addition or adding a major home system such as a spa or a central cooling unit.

Contact Stanger Electric to receive a professional yet affordable electrical panel upgrade and protect your home from the risk of electrical fire.

What Are the Different Types of Electrical Outlets?

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The variation in electrical outlets is designed to accommodate varying voltage requirements, along with environmental and safety measures. These criteria offer maximum protection to people while supplying each electrical device with the appropriate amount of electricity. Learn about the types of electrical outlets available using this guide.

Standard Outlets: 15-amp Duplex

Most outlets are wired using circuits with 15-amp capacity, as this is the common requirement for electrically powered household devices. These types have one long slot, one shorter slot and one grounding insert.

Tamper-resistant versions of these products are available to increase child safety. When not in use, the plug inserts are covered by a flap so no foreign objects can enter and induce electrical shock. While plastic covers must be reinserted after each use, tamper-resistant flaps close automatically.

When an outlet is installed in an area which will come into contact with moisture and precipitation, such as near a pool or outside on a patio, weather-resistant products are required by modern building code. These types are constructed with materials specifically designed to resist corrosion and rust.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

Ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) outlets work at protecting you from electric shock. The device tracks the electricity flow which cycles through to the appliance and back. If there is a break in the current, the outlet trips immediately, cutting off all electrical power. Electrical code requires GCFI products in potentially wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

High Current Outlets

Certain electrical devices require more voltage than standard 15-amp outlets provide. Twenty-amp types are wired with thicker-gauge circuit wires, and while they still have three prongs which appear similar to standard 15-amp outlets, the upper slots are perpendicular. Some kitchen appliances such as microwaves may require 20-amp voltage for proper function. Most 15-amp devices can be safely plugged into 20-amp outlets, but 20-amp-sized plugs will not fit into 15-amp outlets.

Washers and dryers may require an even higher voltage, such as a 125- or 250-volt capacity. These outlets have a specific prong configuration, normally with three vertical slots arranged in an arc and one grounding insert at the bottom.

When Should You Update Your Electrical Wiring?

If your home was built prior to the 1960s, you may have ungrounded, two-prong outlets in every room. While they look similar to modern 15-amp outlets, they do not have the third grounding prong insert. These electrical outlets are a sure signal the wiring in the home is old and should be updated as soon as possible to eliminate a risk of electrical fire.

If you require specialty outlet installation or your home contains aged, unsafe electrical outlets, contact Stanger Electric for a renovation estimate.

How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Home

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Choosing the appropriate lighting for your home can transform a dark, dull area into a warm, inviting space fit to both welcome guests and induce relaxation after a long day of work. Following is a sensible guide to planning lighting choices in some of the main areas of the home.

Home Exterior: Driveway, Garage, Walkway

Outdoor lighting acts as a guide for friends and family members making their way to the front door. It is a security feature that reduces the chances of a burglary. It also adds an elegant, decorative touch to the home’s nighttime curb appeal. First, make sure all paths and stairs are dimly lit on either side for guidance. Install a stronger illuminating light above the entry. Consider placing spotlights along the home’s foundation to emphasize distinctive architectural features. Motion-sensitive lighting mounted on the garage ensures the lights are only turned on when needed, saving utility costs and reducing light pollution in the neighborhood.

Foyer

As guests enter your home, the entryway is their first introduction to your home’s design. The lighting fixture hanging above the door can heavily influence the overall style. Consider using a dramatic chandelier for narrow, smaller-sized foyers, but make sure the fixture choice blends with the rest of the home’s lighting theme.

Kitchen

The home’s kitchen requires a mixture of purposeful task lighting along with decorative accent fixtures that contribute to the room’s design. First of all, ensure each counter and workspace has sufficient lighting, including the pantry storage areas. Hanging pendant lights above kitchen islands is an example of both task and decorative lighting. Lights within cabinets, under cabinets or even under countertops provide clear illumination of darker spots while adding to the elegance of the room’s atmosphere. Use halogen lights for fixtures designed to brighten up a workspace, but opt for incandescent bulbs in fixtures such as general recessed lighting if you want your kitchen to have a soft, cozier feel.

Bathrooms

The bathroom is where preparation for the day begins. For this reason, no matter which specific fixtures you choose, be sure to instruct your electrician to install a dimming switch so you can adjust the brightness in early morning hours. Avoid placing lights directly over the bathroom sink, since this will cast shadows on the face. Place fixtures on either side of the bathroom mirror for the best vanity task lighting, and make sure you have at least 36 inches of space between them.

Living Area

The common living area is where many of the home’s activities take place. To best consider the variety of events conducted in the room, be sure to install a mix of lighting types, complete with a dimming switch for mood control. Ceiling-mounted lighting offers bright illumination for when more light is better. Floor and table lamps quickly alter the atmosphere, making it warmer and more intimate. If floor and table space is lacking, wall sconces are an acceptable substitute. These also work well for highlighting hanging artwork and decorations.

Selecting and installing lighting for your home does not have to be as challenging as it seems, especially when you work with the specialized lighting professionals at Stanger Electric. Call them today to set up an appointment if you need electrical assistance with your residential lighting.

What to Expect During Commercial Electrical Inspections

Commercial Electrical Inspeciton

Commercial electrical inspections are designed to confirm adherence to local code and ensure building electrical safety. Incorrectly installed electrical wiring can result in thousands of dollars in damage from fires and pose a life-threatening danger to workers and employees. Following are some kinds of commercial building violations that may be spotted during an inspection initiated by a local municipality or Occupational Safety and Health Administration agents.

Equipment Fit for Commercial Purposes

Not all electric-powered products are designed for commercial use. In a commercial setting, electric-powered appliances must run for longer, uninterrupted periods of time. Consumer-oriented products are typically not meant to run unattended for a great length of time, so they are not grounded. Using ungrounded consumer-grade products in a commercial building is a serious safety hazard with the potential to cause an electrical fire.

Exposed Wiring

Whenever live wires are exposed, the risk of shock increases. All circuit breakers, panels and wiring must be completely guarded to minimize shock risk. All electrical parts are required to be fully covered by insulation or deactivated and grounded to protect workers who may make contact.

Proper Grounding

In 2012, electrical malfunctions caused over $314 million in fire damage nationwide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. An ungrounded electrical system raises the risk of fire because excess electrical current is not returned to the ground. Instead, it continues cycling through the wires, generating heat which then could create a spark, setting off an inferno. It also raises the risk of electrical shock to those who plug in or attempt to touch or use an appliance connected to an ungrounded wire.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Portable electrical devices are used in many commercial settings. Using an extension cord raises the risk of electrical shock, especially if the area is exposed to the elements. Every power outlet should be equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This device tracks the outgoing and returning electrical current. As soon as an interruption in the current returning to the outlet occurs, as in the case of electrocution, the breaker trips, shutting off the power supply. In addition to use with outlets powering extension cords, outlets near water supply outlets should be outfitted with GFCI devices.

Professional Commercial Electrical Assistance

To ensure your commercial building meets all requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor and local building code, enlist the help of a professional commercial electrician. When a mock inspection is performed, potential violations can be highlighted and repaired swiftly.

For the sake of the safety of all people in the building and to address compliance with local and federal regulations, call Stanger Electric for more information on meeting the standards of commercial electrical inspections.

Home Generators Provide Many Benefits

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No one likes a power loss, and the benefits of home generators can eliminate much of the discomfort such losses bring to homeowners. Installing a whole-house generator is a significant investment, but the costs can be quickly recouped, and the price is minimal compared to the potential damage a power loss could inflict.

Power Sump Pump

Maybe you thought your basement flooding problems were over once you installed an automatic sump pump. Bad news: If the power goes out, your sump pump will not turn on. The average cost of cleanup for a basement flood will depend on how much water fills the basement and whether harmful contaminants are present. The total bill could range from a few hundred dollars to over $10,000. A generator will kick in as soon as the power goes out, so as long as your sump pump is in good working order, you are protected from this disaster.

Heat Cold Pipes

If a home is left unheated for any length of time in freezing temperatures, a burst pipe is a real threat. Exposed to a temperature of 20 degrees, a pipe of two-inch thickness and with 1.5 inches of insulation will only take a little over four and a half hours to freeze. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, burst water pipes inflict more than $5,000 in damage. Once your insurance company knows the problem was caused due to inadequate heat in the home, you may not receive any reimbursement.

Save Money and Prevent Looting

If the power goes out for any length of time, all of your groceries may spoil. If you just visited the market, this could equal a few hundred dollars or more, counting your reserves.

During a lengthy power outage, you will not have heat or air conditioning. Your cell phone might lose its charge. You will not be able to contact the police if you have an emergency. If you or a loved one is dependent on electrical medical equipment, you must be able to access power immediately. These circumstances may force you to stay at a hotel — an expensive proposition. When you abandon your powerless home, you are exposing it to potential looters as a prime target. You could lose thousands of dollars of valuables, cash, electronics and jewelry on top of the cost of a hotel stay. A generator will keep the home well-lit and livable, saving you the cost of the hotel and lowering the risk of burglary.

Receive an Insurance Discount

Some policy owners can receive a 5 percent annual discount on their home insurance when they install a backup automatic standby generator. For the reasons listed above, insurance companies appreciate generators for their ability to prevent floods, burst pipes and break-ins.

To learn more about whole-house backup power and the additional benefits of home generators, contact Stanger Electric today.

Does Your Business Need Emergency Electrical Support?

Emergency Standby Electrician

Business owners in all industries can greatly benefit from standby emergency electrical support. Whether you own a commercial building that suffers a power outage and requires immediate service, or you have a commercial construction site requiring temporary power, a qualified electrical contractor that understands what businesses need for smooth operation is a valuable asset.

Loss of Electricity Affects Profit

Every commercial sector requires dependable electricity. In an office setting, an energy loss to cubicles idles workers and delays results. In the restaurant industry, a power outage could cause thousands of dollars lost in ruined food, extended business closure and worker dissatisfaction. Even if your business has a backup generator, that device could fail as well.

Electricians who offer emergency electrical support are well aware of the struggles you could face during a power outage. When a business must close its doors due to a loss of power, the owner suffers, the employees suffer and the business’ dependability is called into question. Your company’s future relies on uninterrupted electrical function. You must be able to call an electrician who will not only pinpoint and repair the glitch quickly, but complete the job correctly the first time.

Temporary Power Solutions

If it is to keep running, your business must rely on a temporary power source while the electrician investigates and repairs the non-functioning electrical system. A skilled electrician can rig a generator to provide power while he resolves the issue.

In non-emergency situations, it is still helpful to have a rapport with an electrical contractor that knows how to provide efficient power on a short timeline. Commercial construction projects need sufficient lighting to complete tasks on time and on budget. Practiced electricians can guide managers through the initial process of obtaining the correct permits. They will assess the project’s lighting needs, write a detailed plan with an estimate, and arrive on schedule to set up. After the particular building phase is complete, the electrician will immediately remove equipment and clear the area so construction can progress without delay to the next step.

For special events, an electrical support technician can ensure lighting is properly installed to reduce risk of injury to partygoers. During times of crisis or natural disaster, emergency temporary power will provide heat, water and could save lives. Trust a proficient electrical support company to remedy any situation with indispensable temporary electric power options.

If your company currently does not own a backup energy source, emergency electrical support specialists can identify your specific power needs and recommend ideal equipment. They can also obtain proper documentation and permits for installation. Regular inspection and maintenance is also provided, ensuring the backup power equipment stays in proper working condition.

Establish a relationship with an experienced electrical contractor before a power outage or other disaster negatively affects your commercial property. Contact Stanger Electric today for emergency electrical support repair and temporary power solutions for the interim.